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Floods in West Africa: immediate response through long-term commitment

18 September 2020

The Luxembourg Red Cross’ presence in the countries of the Sahel region have enabled it to quickly intervene and to help the local population, following the floods that have hit the region. In Niger, where the Luxembourg Red Cross has been active since 2012, for instance, emergency brigades were immediately activated to warn families.

As soon as they noticed that the dyke was threatening to collapse, the volunteers of the Red Cross’ emergency brigades grabbed their megaphones. They went to the threatened neighbourhoods of Niamey to tell people they had to leave their homes to escape the floods,” explains Prosper Zombre. head of mission in Niger for the Luxembourg Red Cross.

Beyond Niger, Luxembourg Red Cross teams are mobilised in Burkina Faso, Mali and Chad. They are organising themselves with the other stakeholders present in the field in order to provide the best possible assistance to the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the floods.

As an expert in the field of emergency shelter, the Luxembourg Red Cross intervenes throughout the world to protect people from climate hazards. Its teams contribute to emergency preparedness, amongst other things, and strengthen the resilience of communities in the countries where they intervene.

How to support our teams

People wishing to support the Luxembourg Red Cross in its actions against the consequences of global warming can make a donation by bank transfer (IBAN LU52 1111 0000 1111 0000; Reference: Les abris c’est nous).